• When people talk about the "drug problem,"
they usually mean abusing legal drugs or using
illegal drugs, such as marijuana,
ecstasy, cocaine, LSD, crystal meth and heroin.
(Marijuana is generally an illegal drug, but
some states allow doctors to prescribe it to
adults for certain illnesses.)
Why Are Illegal Drugs
While using drugs, a person is also less able to do
well in school, sports, and other activities. It's
often harder to think clearly and make good
decisions. People can do dumb or dangerous
things that could hurt themselves - or other
people - when they use drugs.
Why Do People Use Illegal Drugs?
• Sometimes kids and teens try drugs to fit in with a
group of friends. A person may use illegal drugs for
many reasons, but often because they help the
person escape from reality for a while. If a person is
sad or upset, a drug can - temporarily - make
the person feel better or forget about problems. But
this escape lasts only until the drug wears off. Why
do you think they do it?
Can I Tell If Someone Is Using Drugs?
• A person using drugs may:
• lose interest in school
• change friends (to hang out with kids who use drugs)
• become moody, negative, cranky, or worried all the time
• ask to be left alone a lot
• have trouble concentrating
• sleep a lot (maybe even in class)
• get in fights
• have red or puffy eyes
• lose or gain weight
• cough a lot
• have a runny nose all of the time
What Can I Do to Help?
• A way kids can help kids is by choosing not to
try or use drugs. It's a good way for friends to
• Understanding drugs and why they are
dangerous is another good step for a kid to
• A Doctor can help too.
Drugs Against Law
What Can Drugs Do to Your Body?
Drug can do a lot
to your body some
Drugs can your
heart stop some can
make you go crazy
and some can even
How Do I Stop People From Using
To stop people from using drugs you follow
• Tell them facts about drug and what can they
do to the body.
• Tell a adult if kid is using drugs.
• Take to this person
Where Do Drugs Come From?
• Drugs come from plants
• Like weed. The leafs you
• see is used to make
• weed. Some drugs
• come from chemical
• labs to.